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Women putting off pregnancy plans because of the recession

A quarter of women in the UK are reconsidering or delaying having a baby because of the recession, research showed today.

One in 10 women said the recession had made them postpone trying for a baby while 15% said they had decided not to try at all, a survey found.

More than a quarter (27%) of women said they had considered freezing their eggs for the future.

Financial strain means the average amount of money a woman would be prepared to spend to help her conceive has fallen from £15,000 to £12,000 since last year.

Only 6% would spend £50,000 on conceiving now, down from 10% last year.

Despite this, more than six in 10 women (62%) don't think IVF should be available on the NHS for anyone who wants it, up 17% from 2007.

Almost a quarter (24%) of women believe the Government should ensure women are provided with three free cycles of treatment.

The survey of more than 2,500 women aged 30-45 was carried out for Red Magazine.

It revealed that those wishing to conceive would sacrifice most things with all women surveyed saying they would, or have, cut back on school fees to pay for fertility treatment.

Almost one in five (17%) women who need fertility treatment have been prevented because of the costs, the survey found, and more than one in 10 (12%) said the recession has directly prevented them from having treatment or more treatment.

Factfile

  • Some 94% of women said they would cut back on all aspects of their lives to pay for fertility treatment if they needed it, including holidays, eating out, pensions, savings, health insurance and clothes.
  • Most women (88%) paying for fertility treatment said the cash came from savings, while 17% got a family gift or loan and 13% took on extra work.


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